Last Friday, Jose Lambiet of the PALM BEACH POST reported:
Observers at Old Port Cove Marina in North Palm Beach noticed an increase of activity in and around golfer Tiger Woodsâ€™ yacht yesterday.
Word is that Woods, whose image went from family man to philanderer in three weeks flat, arrived in a limo about 3 p.m. Thursday and has been on the 155-foot ship since. A marina worker speculated that the golfer could be headed to the Bahamas as soon as the weather clears.
Sunday night, Linda Marx of People.com reported:
Tiger Woods and a group of buddies, including some golfers, have left North Palm Beach, according to a source who has seen the golfer’s 155-ft. luxury yacht.
“Tiger’s boat Privacy has been docked at Old Port Cove in North Palm Beach for more than a week,” the source tells PEOPLE. “On Saturday morning, after stocking up on provisions from Costco on Northlake Blvd., the boat left town.”
Another source tells PEOPLE that Woods, 33, is going to cruise in the Bahamas for a few days after hanging around the Palm Beach Gardens area this past week.
Neither source has seen Woods, although tight security has been guarding the Old Port Cove Marina for more than a week. One eyewitness reported that a limo arrived at the marina Friday, before the boat departed the next morning.
Similar, independent accounts from legitimate outlets.
Before Friday, it had also been widely reported that the golfer’s yacht was being stocked with provisions, with the name of the boat covered for additional secrecy.
I don’t doubt that Woods will spend Christmas week yachting on the Caribbean Sea, but what fascinates me most about this new development is Marx’s generic reference to the “group of buddies, including some golfers” who are reportedly with Woods.
Over and over we’ve heard the past month from various outlets that Woods has been hanging out with “buddies” in various locations. Friends who also double as enablers for Woods’ now-confirmed alt-lifestyle. I don’t doubt that’s true, but the bit about him having “golfers” with him is a little hard to believe.
If you’ve studied reaction from Woods’ peers on the PGA Tour and the golf media, you get the distinct impression that he truly was a loner away from the course. (Now we know why.)
That was point was additionally driven home by one of Woods’ top rivals in an interview last week, Padraig Harrington - and the fact that so many pros and reporters have reported being dumbstruck over Woods’ philandering ways. (I believe most of them.)
I don’t doubt Woods has an army of hangers-ons who would blow off their families to spend Christmas week with him on his stellar yacht, the same boat where the golfer has previously hosted Oprah and Bill Gates. But other PGA Tour golfers? Maybe I’m naive, but I’m not buying it.